The characteristics of effective english teachers as perceived by high school teachers and students in Korea

Asia Pacific Education Review (Impact Factor: 0.47). 12/2006; 7(2):236-248. DOI: 10.1007/BF03031547

ABSTRACT This study investigated the characteristics of effective English teachers as perceived by 169 teachers and 339 students in
high school in Korea, with a self-report questionnaire consisting of three categories: English proficiency, pedagogical knowledge,
and socio-affective skills. Overall, the teachers perceived significantly different characteristics than the students in all
three categories with the teachers ranking English proficiency the highest in contrast to the students who ranked pedagogical
knowledge the highest. The student subgroups also held different perceptions of effective teaching. High achieving students
reported different characteristics than low achieving students in pedagogical knowledge and socio-affective skills, whereas
the male students demonstrated different characteristics from the female students in socio-affective skills. The findings
have implications for knowledge-based teacher education for current and prospective English teachers.

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